Saturday, October 13, 2012

An Heiress At Heart: Review

Title: An Heiress At Heart
Author: Jennifer Delamere
ISBN:  145551893X
Publishing House: Grand Central Publishing
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

A New Beginning

A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend, Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?


Review:

I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to read this book. Maybe because I hadn't expected it to turn out as great as it did? Two things had drawn me to it, the cover - which assuming you know me, you'd realize it would be a great incentive to read the book - and the fact that it was a Regency Historical Romance. The title held some interest to be sure, but I didn't get how fitting it was until I actually read the book.


As I always say, I am very wary of historical romances, because I am not usually fond of all styles. I am more likely known to settle on specific writers and not explore unless I have good reason to think the author's style would be to my liking. In this case Jennifer did not disappoint. I took very well to her writing and the way she portrayed her characters as well as the settings in the 1800's. The language, the references, and the surroundings were all well developed and I felt like I was right there alongside the characters, which is obviously a winning point to anyone embarking on such a complicated thing as a historical book.

The premise of the story was quite new. I mean sure, I've heard of brothers taking each other's places to correct an injustice, or to uncover a secret, or claim a birthright, sometimes even cousins. But in this case, it was a bit different and I quite enjoyed that. The prologue was befitting to the whole story, then came the gripping first chapter. I was hooked from the start with the writing, and enjoyed the ride along the lines of this read.

I must say I was disappointed that Tom didn't appear much in the book and in a way his role was passed onto James, Ria's cousin. Tom was the overprotective brother, and in a way James held that position after Lizzie came back claiming to be Ria. Though I guess I loved James' character, the sarcastic and not so serious heir to the estate. I enjoyed the clash between his character and Geoffrey's, they were different and their interactions with Lizzie were amusing.

I can safely say Jennifer Delamere is now officially on my favourite Regency Historical Romance authors! I can't wait to read more by her, especially in this series!

Rating: 4/5



Author's Bio:

Although raised in the American South, Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of educational materials for over fifteen years. She loves reading historical fiction, classics, and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.


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